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March 24, 2014

Officials: Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Ended In The Indian Ocean

Satellite Data Indicates Last Ping 'Far From Any Landing Site'

The Prime Minister of Malaysia said Monday that the Boeing 777 operating as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was lost in the Southern Indian Ocean.

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Airborne 03.24.14: More on EAA v FAA, Cessna CJ3+, Phantom Swift

Also: EAA Members Write Congress, AVW: Formation Clinic, GA Legislature Supports Tax Exemption, FAA 8130.2H Troubles

When the FAA required EAA to sign a contract to pay for air traffic control services for AirVenture 2013, it opened up a can of worms. EAA paid the price and then filed a petition in court arguing that the FAA has no legal right to charge for ATC services without clear Congressional authorization. However, EAA was facing the reality for AirVenture 2014 that air traffic services might not be provided at all if the matter remained unsettled in the courts. To resolve the issue and guaranteed air traffic services for AirVenture 2014, EAA withdrew the suit and reached agreement with the FAA to provide the services… for a fee. It just keeps getting better from Ce

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Customer Support & Services Leader To Retire

Lou Mancini Retiring After 12 Years Of Service, Stan Deal Appointed To Lead Commercial Aviation Services Business

Lou Mancini, who has served as the leader for Boeing's commercial airplane customer support and after-market products and services, will retire from the company after 12 years of service, the company announced Wednesday. Stan Deal has been appointed to succeed him.

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Concept Airplane To Debut At Fall Aviation Summit

Triton Has Separate Cabins On Each Side Of The Cockpit

The Triton concept aircraft will be unveiled at the 2014 Aviation Summit, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 2., according to the event's organizers. The concept, developed by Micronautix, will be shown publicly for the first time at the event, planned for the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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LVAC: Advancing The Technology Readiness Of SLS Adaptive Controls

NASA F/A-18 Simulates NASA’s SLS For Software Development

Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to test adaptive software for NASA's new rocket the Space Launch System (SLS), the largest, most powerful launch vehicle for deep space missions

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Unmanned Aircraft Subject Of Warsaw Polytechnic & Lockheed Martin Partnership

Will Conduct Joint Applied Research Program Studying Integration With Piloted Aircraft

Lockheed Martin and Politechnika Warszawska (Warsaw Polytechnic) will jointly conduct an advanced applied research program in the field of integration between manned and unmanned airborne platform systems. The program adds to Lockheed Martin's already strong industrial and academic partnerships in Poland to motivate young Polish engineers to address tomorrow's defense and industrial needs.

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University Of Michigan Engineers Focus On Turbulence With NASA Grant

Awarded $1.6 Million To Develop A Better Description Of The Phenomenon

Engineers from the University of Michigan have been awarded a $1.6 million grant from NASA to develop a better description of turbulence, which they say could lead to more efficient airplane designs and have implications in other fields such as medicine and weather forecasting.

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DynCorp International Expands International Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

Forms Strategic Alliance With The Coulson Group In Canada

DynCorp International (DI) says it has expanded its international aerial firefighting offering through a new strategic alliance with The Coulson Group of British Columbia, Canada.

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Astronauts Train At Maxwell AFB

Program Designed To Develop Leadership Skills Through Obstacle Course Challenges

To prepare for the rigors and dangers of space travel, astronauts attend different training scenarios at facilities all over the world. Some are highly specialized, immersive environments such as underwater tanks containing full mock ups of the international space station to practice functioning in weightless environments. There are also facilities used by others that can be repurposed to suit the astronauts' needs.

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AgustaWestland And Italian AF Sign LOI For Training

Announcement In Conjunction With First Flight Of AW101 For The Italian Service

The Italian Air Force has signed a Letter of Intent with AgustaWestland aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first HH-101A CAESAR helicopter for the Italian Air Force held at Yeovil plant, UK.

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GippsAero Appoints Shanti Lakhan As Marketing Manager

Former Cirrus Employee Moves To Mahindra Aerospace

GippsAero, the aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace, has announced the appointment of Shanti Lakhan as Marketing Manager. Ms. Lakhan will be responsible for leading the marketing team in development and implementation of marketing strategies in support of global sales.

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AAR To Establish Aviation Supply Chain Hub In Europe

Aviation Company Acquiring Inventory And Airline Contracts From Sabena Technics

AAR says it is acquiring inventory and customer contracts from Sabena technics Brussels and expects the transaction to close in the first week of April. The agreement includes ongoing power-by-the-hour support for 13 customers, which AAR's Aviation Supply Chain division will handle from its new facility at the Brussels Airport.

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China's Largest Air Ambulance Provider's Debut Marks New Era In Service

Deer Jet, Golden Meditech And Shenzhen CSOS Assistance Jointly Launch Deer Jet Medical Co. Ltd.

At a grand opening ceremony in Beijing Thursday, Deer Jet Co.Ltd. under HNA Group, Golden Meditech and China SOS International (CSOS) inked a strategic agreement on China's air medical service as the debut of the nation's largest air ambulance provider, Deer Jet Medical. Zhang Ling, Chairman of HNA Tourism, Gan Yuan, Chairman of Golden Meditech, Xu Xin, Chairman of Deer Jet and Lu Haikuan, CEO of China SOS International were present and gave speeches.

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NASA Announces Small Business Industry Awards

Recognizes Outstanding Efforts Of Companies That Support The Agency

NASA announced Tuesday the recipients of the agency's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) program at its inaugural Industry Forum. More than 30 nominations were received from all NASA centers.

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FAA May Limit Passenger Carrying Experimental Aircraft... and There's More!

FAA Orders Can Change Things And Catch You By Surprise.

A change to FAA order 8130.2 could prohibit passenger carrying in certain experimental airplanes that include Experimental Light Sport and any airplane that is electrically powered. Here’s the full story -- so far... The FAA issues lots of regulations that go through a well-known approval process. However once those regulations become law documents known as FAA orders issue the instructions for how the regulations are to be carried out. While these FAA orders are not secret or hidden, they are not generally well known by the flying public that doesn’t work with them every day.

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Recent 'Young Eagle' Could Earn A Pilot Certificate For Free This Summer

Tubreaux Aviation Offering Full Private Pilot Training Scholarship

Tubreaux Aviation of Shreveport, Louisiana - a flight training facility that works with Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker - is helping to build the future of flight by offering a complete private pilot training experience to a previous EAA Young Eagle participant who is now 18-21 years old.

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NTSB Files Preliminary Report On News-Heli Accident

Two Killed In Takeoff Accident

A highly-visible news helicopter accident occurred in Seattle during a takeoff from an elevated platform and experienced control difficulties early in the transition from hover to departure. The Pilot and his videographer were killed in the accident and persons on the ground received injuries...

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EEK! Is Sun ‘n Fun Promising Preferential Treatment To Media For Free Promotion?

No Fan Of Real Journalism, SnF Seems To Be Trying To Craft Its Image The Old Fashioned Way… Through ‘Wheeling and Dealing’ – and That’s NOT All

Over the years (not so much lately… because the event seemed to be quickly fading into obscurity and we had better things to write about), we’ve had some things to say and write about concerning the doddering fortunes of the Lakeland, FL-based Sun ‘Fun Fly-In… from the many demonstrated hazards we uncovered (and got punished for), from the strange dealings and complaints of the vendors and exhibitors (who are starting to walk away in serious numbers), from the special treatment given to SnF insiders and friends of the administration (even when those friends were known to be

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Klyde Morris (03.24.14)

Klyde: Right Away, Mr. O'Brien!


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Airborne 03.21.14: EAA v FAA-Updated, Wright Factory, GAMA Likes EASA, Hartzell

Also: Gogo Update, MH370 and the Insta-Pundits, Oshkosh 2014 Stringers, Solar Plant May Be Aero-Hazard

In some breaking news that reached us AFTER Airborne was scripted, we have learned that EAA and FAA have reached a settlement overt FAA fees for AirVenture that will offer some relief and stability for the next nine years. A few months ago we covered the story about the plan in Dayton, Ohio to preserve two of the Wright Brothers original factory buildings. The Wright Company buildings stand on a 20-acre historic parcel that’s part of the 54-acre, former Delphi auto parts manufacturing plant. We now have good news on the progress of this project.

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New Wildcat Aircraft Drops In On HMS Dragon

Aircraft Will Replacing The Lynx Mark 8 For The U.K. Royal Navy

A Wildcat, the navy's next-generation helicopter, has landed for the first time on the flight deck of a Type 45 destroyer at sea. The Royal Navy’s Wildcat, the maritime attack variant of the Lynx helicopter, is currently undergoing extensive trials with 700W Naval Air Squadron. As part of those trials, the aircraft has been working at the MOD’s aerial range in Cardigan Bay.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Global Hawk Early, On Cost

Two Additional Aircraft To Be Delivered Later This Year

Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered a Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to the U.S. Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., ahead of schedule, Feb. 14. This is the second aircraft delivered as part of Global Hawk's Lot 10 contract, joining a Block 30 system delivered four months early in November of last year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.14): High Speed Taxiway

High Speed Taxiway A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up to 60 knots), from the runway center to a point on the center of a taxiway. Also referred to as long radius exit or turn?off taxiway. The high speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.14)

Aero Linx: Aviation Secure USA Our mission is to create a safe and secure aviation environment and through continued training and awareness, ensure the freedom and safety of passengers and pilots in the act of air transportation, assuring that threats, terrorism and other like criminal acts, which involve the imminent danger to human lives, are deterred by any means necessary to reduce the threat.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.24.14)

“It seems Sun 'n fun is still desperate for cash and that museum aircraft are a prime source of fast cash. Why would anyone donate anything to Sun 'n fun??? Most donations to the museum represent years of painstaking restoration effort to create a museum quality show piece. Donors generally donate with the idea that the aircraft will be placed on display for the public to enjoy. I was alerted to the placement of the museums 1930 Waco CTO Taperwing on EBay. Asking price is a whopping $145,000.00 (which sounds like it could also be about the same number as a certain Presidents yearly salary). Their reason for selling the aircraft is to "raise funds to further the restoration of aircraft for the viewing public and continuing education." Yeah?? They need to fix up a few more p

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